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Iowa has 3 named to Big Ten preseason baseball honors list


February 12th, 2020 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Three University of Iowa seniors — Grant Judkins, Grant Leonard, and Austin Martin — have been named to the Big Ten Preseason Honors List, it was announced Wednesday by the league office.

Judkins, a right-handed pitcher from Pella, Iowa, will open the season as the Hawkeyes’ Saturday starter.  Last season, he went 4-7 with a 2.72 ERA with 65 strikeouts over 82 2/3 innings.  Judkins was the Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week on Feb.19 and finished the season ranking in the top 14 in the Big Ten in ERA, batting average against, and innings.

Leonard, a right-handed pitcher from Mokena, Illinois, returns for his second season as the Hawkeyes’ closer.  The reliever is a preseason All-American by the NCBWA (second team) and Collegiate Baseball (third team) and a member of the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List.  As a junior, Leonard earned second-team All-Big Ten honors after tallying a single-season school record 14 saves.  He went 2-3 with a 3.37 ERA in 28 appearances.

Martin, a catcher from Altoona, Iowa, started 53 games — 49 behind the plate — during his first season as a Hawkeye, where he hit .294 with 10 doubles, 30 RBIs, and 29 runs scored. Martin had a team-leading 18 multi-hit games in 2019 and he hit safely in 34 contests.

The Hawkeyes were not picked to finish in the top six of the Big Ten preseason poll in a vote of the league’s coaches (only the top six spots are released). Michigan was tabbed as the favorite followed by Ohio State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Indiana, and Illinois.

Iowa opens the regular season Friday at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Florida, facing Kent State at 3 p.m. (CT).

Iowa extends contracts for wrestling coaches Tom Brands, Terry Brands, and Ryan Morningstar


February 12th, 2020 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa wrestling coaches Tom Brands, Terry Brands, and Ryan Morningstar have agreed to contract extensions to remain in Iowa City through the 2026 wrestling season, Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Chair Gary Barta announced Wednesday.

“We have great confidence in Tom, Terry and Ryan,” said Barta.  “They are committed to building on the current momentum and operating within our ‘Win. Graduate. Do it Right.’ philosophy.”

Tom Brands is in his 14th season as Iowa’s head coach. He has won three NCAA team titles, four Big Ten Championships, and owns a dual record of 229-23-1 (.908). Iowa has crowned 12 NCAA individual champions and earned 72 All-America honors since 2007.

Terry Brands is in his 22nd season on Iowa’s staff. He was an assistant coach from 1992-2000, and returned to the staff in 2009. He has held the title of associate head coach since 2011.

Morningstar has served as an assistant coach since 2012.

The Hawkeyes are 11-0 this season, sitting atop the Big Ten Conference and ranked No. 1 in the country. Iowa’s 2020 lineup includes 10 wrestlers ranked in the top 10, seven ranked in the top five, and two ranked at the top of their respective weight classes, including Spencer Lee at 125 and Michael Kemerer at 174.

Iowa has led the nation in attendance in each of Tom Brands’ 13 seasons, and the University of Iowa announced Feb. 5 the Carver Circle fundraising campaign to build a new wrestling training facility south of Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Kirk and Mary Ferentz to receive Pillar of Character award

News, Sports

February 12th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz and his wife Mary have won the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award for 2020. The award is given out by the Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University, which is named for the former governor and his wife. Center spokesperson Amy Smit says it is the highest honor given based on character.”An individual or individuals who have displayed good character as public role models. Past award recipients have included: Hayden Fry, Shawn Johnson, Peggy Whitson, the astronaut and just really great Iowans who are really great role models for us,” Smit says.


Smit says individuals are nominated for the award.”The award is decided by our national advisory council. And this particular award is something Governor Ray was passionate about before be passed — that this award be presented to the Ferentz’s,” Wit explains. Kirk Ferentz has been Iowa’s head football coach for the past 21 seasons, making him the longest-tenured active coach in college football. “He’s really made an impact on so many youth over his career. It’s really astonishing when you think about the number of players who go through his program,” according to Smit. “He takes character very seriously, and has made a huge impact.”

Kirk and Mary Ferentz met during their high school days in Pennsylvania. The Ferentz’s have been married forty years and have five children and nine grandchildren. “Mary has been making an impact on her own. She’s raised over two million dollars for the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital through her ladies football academy. So, she’s been just as busy after raising their five kids at home,” Smit says.

The award will be presented in April in West Des Moines. “We’ll be getting together on April 17th at our All-Star evening to present the award to Kirk and Mary. We’ll have about 600 people in attendance — where we get together and celebrate good character,” Smit says. Smit says the event is open to the public and you can find out more at: www.AllStarEvening.org.

Atlantic’s Dennis commits to Iowa Western Community College for Cross Country


February 12th, 2020 by Chris Parks

Front Row: Bradley’s Mother Stephanie Kinzie, Bradley Dennis. Back Row: Atlantic Cross Country Coach Dan Vargason, Assistant Track and Basketball Coach Jeremy Blake, Head Boys Basketball Coach Jeff Ebling.

Atlantic senior Bradley Dennis made his commitment official on Wednesday morning to attend Iowa Western Community College and compete on the Cross Country and Track and Field program.

Dennis has been a strong member of the Atlantic cross country and track programs his entire four years. Dennis was a three time state qualifier in Cross Country. He finished 33rd his freshman season in 2016, took 74th in 2018, and was 39th in 2019 in Class 3A with a time of 17:12.20 in Fort Dodge.

On the track Dennis was a member of the state Runner-Up team in 2019 for the Trojans. He was on the 4x800M Relay team that took a 4th place medal (Craig Alan Becker, Nathan Behrends, Bradley Dennis, Chase Mullenix) 8:06.88.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 2/12/20

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February 12th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

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Midwest Sports Headlines: 2/12/20


February 12th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) — Iceland might not be a basketball hotbed. The small island nation in the North Atlantic has still produced three players at Division I colleges in the United States this season. Thorir Thorbjarnarson is at Nebraska. Jon Axel Gudmundsson of Davidson was the Atlantic 10 player of the year last season. Hakon Hjalmarsson is a freshman at Binghamton. The three are in contact almost every day and they follow each other online. The three say they take pride in representing their country.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Darius Days scored seven of his 20 points in the final five minutes as No. 25 LSU rallied to beat Missouri 82-78. LSU trailed by eight points midway through the second half before taking the lead for good at 72-69 on Days’ 3-pointer with 4:43 remaining. With LSU leading 76-73, Days made a short shot following an offensive rebound with 25 seconds left. After Missouri again got within three points on Xavier Pinson’s basket, Days made two free throws with 11 seconds left. Dru Smith led Missouri with 20 points. Reed Nikko matched his career high with 13 points.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Jalen Smith had 16 points and 13 rebounds, Eric Ayala scored 16 and No. 9 Maryland edged Nebraska 72-70 to extend its winning streak to seven games and remain alone atop the Big Ten. Maryland let a 14-point lead dwindle to 71-70 before Smith swatted away a shot in the final seconds to preserve the victory. Haanif Cheatham scored 20 and Thorir Thorbjarnarson added 15 for Nebraska, which has lost nine straight and is 0-9 on the road.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Yor Anei scored 15 and had seven rebounds, Lindy Waters III added 12 points and Oklahoma State beat Kansas State 64-59. Jonathan Laurent had 11 points and Cameron McGriff provided 10 as the Cowboyspicked up their first win against Kansas State since 2017 and now sit in a tie for ninth place in the conference with the Wildcats. Mike McGuirl led Kansas State with a season-high 16 points. It was the first conference road win of the season for Oklahoma State.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Items from what became known as “The Pine Tar Game” between the Royals and Yankees will be sold by Heritage Auctions later this month. The highlight will be the jersey worn by George Brett that is expected to fetch more than $100,000. The bat, which now resides at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

Last match of the night sends Humboldt past Atlantic/CAM and on to the State Dual Team Tournament


February 11th, 2020 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic/CAM wrestling team came up one match shy of advancing to the State Dual Team Tournament on Tuesday night in Atlantic. Humboldt’s Colton Goodell pinned Atlantic/CAM’s Noah Vandevanter at the 5:43 mark and broke a 29-all tie for the team scoring. The final margin was 34-29 in favor of Humboldt and they advance to the State Dual Team Tournament.

Atlantic/CAM beat Red Oak 46-29 in their first round match and Humboldt defeated Van Meter/Earlham 45-30 in their first dual.

Here’s a look at the match results for Atlantic/CAM’s two duals on the night.

Humboldt 34 Atlantic/CAM 20 

285: Cale Roller (ATL) over Josh Beldin (HUMB) (Fall 1:16)
106: Cole Nelson (HUMB) over Easton O`Brien (ATL) (MD 14-3)
113: Aybren Moore (ATL) over Jase Goodell (HUMB) (Dec 15-11)
120: Cresten Craven (HUMB) over Ethan Follmann (ATL) (Fall 1:18)
126: Joe Weaver (ATL) over Ty Gargano (HUMB) (MD 16-7)
132: Jaxson Bell (ATL) over Colby Clarken (HUMB) (Dec 7-5)
138: Brian South (ATL) over Jordan Jensen (HUMB) (SV-1 6-4)
145: Joe Weydert (HUMB) over Tanner O`Brien (ATL) (TF 16-0 5:36)
152: Kadin Stutzman (ATL) over Fletcher Satern (HUMB) (MD 15-4)
160: Levi Naeve (HUMB) over Jarrett Armstrong (ATL) (Fall 1:22)
170: Payton Fewson (ATL) over Braxden Scott (HUMB) (Fall 5:34)
182: Logan Nilles (HUMB) over Brenden Casey (ATL) (TF 22-7 5:45)
195: Walt Delanoit (HUMB) over Devin McKay (ATL) (Dec 10-6)
220: Colton Goodell (HUMB) over Noah Vandevanter (ATL) (Fall 5:43) (HUMB Unsportsmanlike Conduct -1.0)

Atlantic/CAM 46 Red Oak 29

220: Devin McKay (ATL) over Jordan Holaday (RO) (Fall 1:42)
285: Cale Roller (ATL) over Hunter Portales (RO) (Fall 0:42)
106: Easton O`Brien (ATL) over Brandon Erp (RO) (Fall 0:44)
113: Aybren Moore (ATL) over Chase Sandholm (RO) (Fall 1:38)
120: Johnathan Erp (RO) over Ethan Follmann (ATL) (Fall 5:47)
126: Joe Weaver (ATL) over Chase Roeder (RO) (Fall 0:22)
132: Dawson Bond (RO) over Jaxson Bell (ATL) (Dec 8-3)
138: Brian South (ATL) over AJ Schmid (RO) (Fall 1:06)
145: Tanner O`Brien (ATL) over Bryan Erp (RO) (MD 9-0)
152: Kadin Stutzman (ATL) over (RO) (For.)
160: Jacob Echternach (RO) over Jarrett Armstrong (ATL) (Fall 1:33)
170: Justin McCunn (RO) over Brenden Casey (ATL) (TF 18-2 5:11)
182: Bruce Lukehart (RO) over Payton Fewson (ATL) (Dec 6-1)
195: Carter Maynes (RO) over (ATL) (For.)

Class 1A and 2A Regional Dual Team Wrestling Scoreboard 02/11/2020


February 11th, 2020 by Chris Parks

Class 1A and 2A wrestling teams competed in Regional Dual Team competition on Tuesday night. The winners of first round matches at each site advance to the final. The winner of each final advances on to the State Dual Team Tournament next Wednesday in Des Moines. Here is a look at the results.


At AHSTW, Avoca
Woodbury Central, Moville 37, AHSTW, Avoca 36,
Mount Ayr 46, Underwood 30
Final: Woodbury Central 57, Mount Ayr 20

At Clarion-Goldfield-Dows
Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 64, ACGC 16
Nashua-Plainfield 57, Martensdale-St. Marys 21
Final: Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 35, Nashua-Plainfield 30

At Denver
Denver 49, Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 30
New London 54, Colfax-Mingo 21
Final: Denver 42, New London 27

At Don Bosco, Gilbertville
Don Bosco, Gilbertville 84, Highland, Riverside 0
Alburnett 60, Wilton 17
Final: Don Bosco, Gilbertville 73, Alburnett 0

At Lake Mills
Lake Mills 67, Wapsie Valley, Fairbank 10
West Hancock, Britt 43, South Winneshiek, Calmar 23
Final: Lake Mills 55, West Hancock, Britt 18

At Lisbon
Lisbon 82, Wapello 0
Belle Plaine 46, Iowa Valley, Marengo 35
Final: Lisbon 81, Belle Plaine 0

At Logan-Magnolia
Logan-Magnolia 63, Interstate 35, Truro 12
Missouri Valley 58, Bedford/Lenox 13
Final: Logan-Magnolia 48, Missouri Valley 24

At West Sioux, Hawarden
West Sioux, Hawarden 57, Western Christian, Hull 24
Manson Northwest Webster 50, Westwood, Sloan 27
Final: West Sioux, Hawarden 45, Manson Northwest Webster 25


At Atlantic
46, Red Oak 29
Humboldt 45, Van Meter/Earlham 30
Final: Humboldt 34, Atlantic/CAM 29

At Independence
Independence 58, Mount Vernon 10
Charles City 39, Gilbert 24
Final: Independence 31, Charles City 29

At Osage
Osage 56, Forest City 18
Crestwood, Cresco 36, Emmetsburg 35
Final: Osage 36, Crestwood, Cresco 28

At Sergeant Bluff-Luton
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 59, MOC-Floyd Valley 24
Central Lyon, Rock Rapids 28, West Lyon, Inwood 26
Final: Sergeant Bluff-Luton 37, Central Lyon, Rock Rapids 33

At Union, LaPorte City
Union, LaPorte City 49, South Tama County, Tama 21
Assumption, Davenport 49, Iowa Falls-Alden 15
Final: Assumption, Davenport 41, Union, LaPorte City 32

At West Delaware, Manchester
West Delaware, Manchester 76, Anamosa 3
Camanche 48, Solon 35
Final: West Delaware, Manchester 54, Camanche 24

At Williamsburg
Williamsburg 76, Mount Pleasant 0
Bondurant-Farrar 58, North Polk, Alleman 18
Final: Williamsburg 39, Bondurant-Farrar 25

At Winterset
Winterset 64, Knoxville 14
Harlan 51, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 28
Final: Winterset 44, Harlan 35

High School Basketball Scoreboard Tuesday 02/11/2020


February 11th, 2020 by Chris Parks


Hawkeye Ten Conference

Glenwood 65, Shenandoah 46

Western Iowa Conference

AHSTW 49, Tri-Center 27 (AHSTW clinches Western Iowa Conference Championship)
Audubon 49, IKM-Manning 36
Logan-Magnolia 43, St. Albert 29
Underwood 32, Treynor 29

Rolling Valley Conference

River Valley 53, West Harrison 38
Southeast Valley 54, Paton-Churdan 51
Woodbine 51, Fremont-Mills 34

Corner Conference

Essex 38, Griswold 32

Pride of Iowa Conference

Mount Ayr 73, Bedford 25

Other Scores

ADM 69, Carlisle 54
Ballard 61, Carroll 31
Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 62, Bishop Heelan 55
Winterset 50, Bondurant-Farrar 46
Woodward-Granger 49, ACGC 40



Hawkeye Ten Conference

Omaha Skutt, NE 76, Glenwood 46

Western Iowa Conference

AHSTW 54, Tri-Center 51 (OT)
Treynor 70, Underwood 53

Rolling Valley Conference

Southeast Valley 71, Paton-Churdan 38
Woodbine 47, Fremont-Mills 37

Corner Conference

East Mills 62, Sidney 47
Griswold 48, Essex 28
Stanton 81, Clarinda Academy 40

Other Scores

ADM, Adel 74, Carlisle 43
Ballard 72, Carroll 59
Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 69, Bishop Heelan Catholic 40
Winterset 70, Bondurant-Farrar 44
Woodward-Granger 69, ACGC 61

AHSTW wins overtime thriller over Tri-Center


February 11th, 2020 by Chris Parks

For the second time this season the AHSTW boys basketball team pulled out a 3 point win over Tri-Center, this time it took overtime. The Vikings grabbed a 54-51 victory in the extra session after the teams finished regulation knotted up at 46. Sam Porter hit two free throws to push the lead back to 3 for AHSTW with 8 seconds left. Zach Elliott’s three point attempt to tie the game was off the mark at the buzzer, sealing the Vikings victory. AHSTW Head Coach GG Harris said it was a fun game to play in and a much needed win for his team.

The Vikings came up big at the free throw line, going 6 for 6 in the overtime session and 10-14 for the game. Coach Harris was proud of the way they came through under pressure.

Raydden Grobe led the Vikings with 22 points and Brayden Lund came off the bench to score 12. Lund said it was a great team win.

The Vikings improved to 17-4 and will now wait for their first round playoff opponent on the 20th. The Vikings are in 2A District 15 and will play the winner of the Kuemper Catholic vs. Underwood first round game.

Tri-Center was led by 18 points from Leyton Nelson and 12 from Ethan Alfers. The Trojans fall to 17-4 on the season and will also await their first round playoff opponent for the 20th. The Trojans are in 2A District 16 and will face the winner of the Clarinda vs. Missouri Valley first round game.